Anthony James Agostini

Anthony James Agostini

A three-time convicted felon found out he isn’t as fleet of foot as he thought, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook notice and arrest affidavit.

Anthony James Agostini, 38, of Crystal River, was charged Thursday, April 29, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, driving while license suspended or revoked third offense, flee/elude law enforcement while speeding with disregard for safety, and burglary where the offender becomes armed. No bond was set.

According to the sheriff’s office, shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, April 29, Deputy Stephen Quinn was responding to a call for service in reference to a burglary that just occurred in the Dunnellon. While traveling to the residence, dispatchers told the deputy the suspect had fled the scene in a black Honda Civic on West Dunnellon Road (County Road 488).

While driving northbound on Citrus Avenue, Quinn spotted the defendant’s vehicle traveling south on Citrus Avenue, the report stated. The deputy made a U-turn to conduct a stop, when Agostini initially pulled over. However, as the deputy was exiting his patrol car, the defendant took off in the Civic.

According to the report, the deputy re-engaged his pursuit of Agostini, notifying additional patrols that he had turned left onto Turkey Drive. While attempting to evade the deputy, Agostini had passed several vehicles at speeds in an excess of 70 mph in the 45 mph zone.

With backup already en route to Turkey Oak Drive, Deputy TJ Amato had deployed stop sticks, striking the fleeing suspect’s vehicle tires, the report stated. Agostini continued to drive on toward State Road 44, where he drove through a stop light without trying to stop.

Agostini lost control of the Civic on North Joyner Terrace, the report stated, where he jumped out of the car and took off on foot behind police cruisers. While running, Agostini pulled a gun from his waistband and threw it into the grass before he tripped and fell to the ground.

According to the report, Agostini tried to get up from the ground when he was Tased by Quinn.

Agostini was then transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.

Contact Managing Editor Jeff Bryan at 352-564-2909 or jeff.bryan@chronicleonline.com.

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